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Accused: Trevor Rowe arrives at a special sitting of Kilkenny Court yesterday after he was charged with the murder of Anne Butler (71) on March 21

Accused: Trevor Rowe arrives at a special sitting of Kilkenny Court yesterday after he was charged with the murder of Anne Butler (71) on March 21

Dylan Vaughan

Accused: Trevor Rowe arrives at a special sitting of Kilkenny Court yesterday after he was charged with the murder of Anne Butler (71) on March 21

A 28-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of Kilkenny pensioner Anne Butler.

Trevor Rowe, from Abbey Street, Co Kilkenny, was charged with the murder of the 71-year-old at her home at Maudlin Street, Co Kilkenny, on March 20.

Mr Rowe appeared before Kilkenny District Court wearing a navy tracksuit and black runners.

Detective Garda Martin Power told the court that at 1.52pm yesterday at Kilkenny garda station he had formally arrested the accused for murder.

He was charged with murder and made no reply.

Inspector Paul Donohoe said the State was seeking a remand in custody.

Solicitor Ed Hughes, acting on behalf of Mr Rowe, said they were reserving their position in relation to bail.

Mr Hughes applied for free legal aid and asked that Mr Rowe receive a psychiatric assessment.

Mr Hughes also told the court his client has a number of health issues and has a prescription for methadone and a number of other prescriptions. Mr Hughes applied for legal aid to cover the cost of an independent pathologist's report.

Judge Geraldine Carthy granted legal aid and directed the accused receive whatever medical and psychiatric attention deemed necessary.

Family members of the accused and the deceased were both in court.

Mr Rowe was remanded to Cloverhill Prison to appear via videolink Cloverhill District Court on April 1.

Irish Independent